times square where the ball is -- has dropped on the east coast. here in central iowa extra police officers will be in downtown des moines this new year's eve. this, just one month after a man was shot to death in the court avenue entertainment district. kcci's kim st. onge reports on how local businesses are preparing for the big crowds. >> several bar owners along court avenue tell me they hired extra security, hoping that helps the hundreds of people expected to be here tonight ring in the new year safely. >> we're hoping that we're just gonna pack the house. >> it's one of the few times a year when a weeknight crowd on court avenue bars will likely outnumber any weekend. >> we've got 2 djs, we have 3 different bars. >> by 7:00 p.m., people were already filing into the new bar on the block, american outlaws. manager robyn owen says there have been no issues since opening in october, but knows new year's eve crowds can get rowdy. >> we hire at least three extra, some different floor people just to keep an eye on things.